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Mid (ish) October Round-Up (Epic Reading Slump)

19 days in to October and I’m definitely feeling a reading slump. I’ve gotten 5 books under my belt this month, and they’ve all been good, but last night I was rifling through my TBR book pile and thinking, why are all the … Continue reading

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Imagining Brunei: Miguel Syjuco’s “Ilustrado”

Just a quick post to flag up another mention of Brunei in fiction – this time in Miguel Syjuco’s Man Asian-winning Ilustrado. Throwaway references, as in David Mitchell’s Slade House.   In the first reference, on pg 97, Brunei is referenced in the … Continue reading

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September Round Up: The Muslim Woman’s Double Bind

13 books in September! 12 female-authored 2 Bruneian novels (The Last Bastion of Ingei and Jewel: An attempt at a halal romance – review for The Scoop here) 3 books on Islam 1 book on Erotic Stories for Punjabi widows (I just love … Continue reading

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Mid-month round-up! September 2017

8 books so far in September, which is basically what I read in August, so I’m optimistic I can match my Sept 2016 number of 13 books. Of note so far this month: S.K. Ali Saints and Misfits, a YA novel set … Continue reading

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August round-up, fresh September start

So, since the mid-month check-in, I have managed the lofty completion of one more book, bringing August’s grand total to 8! Which is…exactly the same number I managed last year. Is August just not a reading month? We’ll see next … Continue reading

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Fairy tales retold: Robin McKinley’s “Deerskin” and a mid-month check-in

I have always had a soft spot for fairy tales re-told, re-imagined, re-made. I have an unfashionable love for what I consider classic Disney – the hazy unreality of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Cinderella. The fuzzy … Continue reading

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July round-up

This round-up is coming a little late, because I was on holiday! And read absolutely nothing while I was away – I started the graphic novel/comic Watchmen while on the flight out, but didn’t get very far in. So in … Continue reading

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